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Young journalists shine during NINA panel

by Dan Campana Remember, the light at the end of the tunnel may be you. That line – a kicker to close out the album version of Aerosmith’s 1993 hit “Amazing” – came to mind as the NINA Virtual Awards Celebration wrapped up on Oct. 28. It’s an optimistic, introspective sentence which reminds us all… Continue reading Young journalists shine during NINA panel

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Daily Herald, Suburban Chronicle general excellence winners in annual news competition

DeKALB — Regional journalists and journalism educators gathered virtually Thursday for the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association’s annual awards ceremony.  The Daily Herald won the general excellence award in the daily category, and the Suburban Chronicle won the general excellence award in the nondaily category. The general excellence categories replace the sweepstakes awards, which previously were awarded to the organizations that had the best showing in the competition.  About 15 nameplates submitted 277 entries… Continue reading Daily Herald, Suburban Chronicle general excellence winners in annual news competition

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Awards season brings NINA community together

Dan Campana by Dan Campana, NINA President Any way you talk about the last 19 months – personally and professionally – the word “challenge” likely pops up at some point.At the same time, words such as adapt, overcome and persevere are also fitting when considering how in the world we’ve collectively endured so much uncertainty… Continue reading Awards season brings NINA community together

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Power of the local press

by Pat SzpekowskiNINA 1st Vice President Community journalism is a win-win for everyone. During a recent board meeting I attended at the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce in Carpentersville, a number of matters were on the agenda for review. Past and upcoming local events always bring on a lively discussion. I happened that day… Continue reading Power of the local press

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McHenry’s Emma Snyder named 2021 scholarship recipient

By Dan Campana Emma Snyder’s newspaper adviser at McHenry High School calls her a “natural journalist” – it just took a little while for anyone to realize it. Snyder didn’t get involved with adviser Dane Erbach’s newspaper class and the school paper, the McHenry Messenger, until her junior year, but she quickly made an impression… Continue reading McHenry’s Emma Snyder named 2021 scholarship recipient

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Campana: Life Isn’t Measured By Column Inches, But These 2 Stories Show Why Our Communities Need Them

BY DAN CAMPANA, NINA Board President That moment when you find a story you didn’t know you wanted, or needed, to read remains one of the beauties of flipping through the print edition of your favorite paper. Such lightning struck me twice in two days recently, each piece speaking directly to NINA’s emphasis on community… Continue reading Campana: Life Isn’t Measured By Column Inches, But These 2 Stories Show Why Our Communities Need Them

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Slonoff, Etheredge Leave Indelible Mark on Northern Illinois Newspaper Association

BY ROGER RUTHHART, NINA Board One of the advantages of being the old-timer on the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association board is that I’ve gotten to meet a lot of amazing people and seen many hard-working board members come and go. Sadly, along the way many have passed away or left the business altogether, but not… Continue reading Slonoff, Etheredge Leave Indelible Mark on Northern Illinois Newspaper Association

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NINA Will Host Lunchtime Zoom Brainstorming on April 6 Election Coverage

How are reporters and editors approaching coverage after the long presidential election cycle? How is the likely low turnout being addressed in coverage? What are some key themes being looked at when it comes to local government, school boards, and other contests? The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association is hosting a one-hour session centered on the… Continue reading NINA Will Host Lunchtime Zoom Brainstorming on April 6 Election Coverage

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Campana: 2021 Should Be Community Journalism’s Best Year

BY DAN CAMPANA In Campana family lore, we have no confirmed date of when newsprint first touched my hands, but good sources recall it happened before my eyes could understand the words printed in what turned out to be a sports section. That early fascination with a newspaper led me to be the kid dropping… Continue reading Campana: 2021 Should Be Community Journalism’s Best Year

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Daily Herald, Evanston RoundTable general excellence winners in NINA competition

DeKALB — Regional journalists and journalism educators gathered virtually Thursday for the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association’s annual awards ceremony.  The Daily Herald won the general excellence award in the daily category, and the Evanston RoundTable won the general excellence award in the nondaily category. The general excellence categories replace the sweepstakes awards, which previously were awarded to the organizations who had the best showing in the competition.  The… Continue reading Daily Herald, Evanston RoundTable general excellence winners in NINA competition